Friday, May 23, 2008

Great Eggspectations!

Eggspectations- South Portland, ME

Being from Maine, I am always looking for new, classier (if you will) places to eat, beyond the cliched Applebee's and TGIFriday's chains. I was visiting a friend in Portland and drove by this place. Intrigued, I decided we would do lunch here the next time I was in town. We finally did, and man were we pleasantly surprised. We were both expecting a small diner type setting with basic breakfast meals, but what we found was an atmosphere although we had just stepped through a door into New York City.
It was a little noisy as it seats a lot of people and has very high ceilings, but the expansive menu quickly made up for it!
We ordered coffee drinks (I had a wonderful authentic cappuccino, which I have only had in places outside of Maine) and took our time browsing the menu.
Our waitress was very patient, and friendly, and we did not feel rushed to order until we were ready.

If ever there was a place that has "something for everyone" this is it! The menu ranges from 10 kinds of crepes or eggs benedict to steak, pasta and seafood, plus an entire juice bar, and cocktail bar!
I finally decided on the Bagel Benedict, which combined my favorite of eggs benedict with smoked salmon, capers and a bagel! My friends got the Florentine Benedict, and a Grilled Chicken salad. We were in a rush and didn't have time for dessert, but the dessert menu itself left us wanting to come back to try the unique items!
Also a huge plus, our total bill was about $40 for three very filling meals and great drinks! You can't beat that!

All in all, the food and service surpassed all of my expectations, and I definitely plan to go back frequently to try all they have to offer. We had always gone to The Olive Garden as our "meal out" in the city of Portland, but after leaving Eggspectations, we were all saying "the Olive what?"

Overall scrore: ****
Pros: eggstensive menu (ha...), great service, reasonable prices!
Cons: noisy atmosphere


Anonymous said...

I have been going to Eggspectations for about a year now.. Everytime I go.. I try something new... The food always seems.. better than before.. The drinks (adult or not) are prepared with presentation thought of... and with wonderful flavors...I have never had bad service there and even the bathroom decore is wonderful.

I am glad you like the atmosphere... It's my favorite place to enjoy company by the Mall..

Princess Malphaba said...

My mom comments on the bathrooms every time we go! I have yet to see them! Next time I'll make a point of it!